With Andrew Luck having a leg injury that has lingered throughout the off season, and now halting his progress as well as activity in camp/preseason has created a negative buzz around the league regarding the Colts. The majority is freaking out, drawing conclusions and making assumptions that this is a repetition of history (2017 Luck did not play the entire season). I am here to say that this will NOT pan out as it did two years in the past.
Rewind back to the off season of 2017, to be honest Colts fans were flat out excited! They were ready to have their guy back, the guy who gave them hope. Andrew Luck was “primed and ready” for the season to take over and lead the team to new heights (or so the fans were led to believe).
Colts fans were essentially blue-balled by the idea of Luck’s return, the weeks leading up to the season were full of constant reports claiming the Luck was ready to go and would start week one of the season.
Talk here from Irsay, talk there from the coaching staff, talk everywhere from the media all claiming even stating that Luck was going to be active. One thing leads to another, and turns out Andrew Luck doesn’t start week one… or week two… or week three… Okay you get the point Luck was absent the entire 2017 season dealing with a bummed out shoulder. But how does this relate to the situation the Colts currently are in?
Well once again, Colts fans have had the mutual train of thought that Luck would be ready for the season, Luck has a nagging injury that seemingly won’t go away, Jim Irsay talks nonsense to excite the fan base (as always) and lastly Colts fans are just as positive and open minded as usual.
Those are the similarities and they do run deep, however I truly do not believe it will end up as it did before. The injury this time around is dealing with Luck’s leg, started early in the off-season with a minor calf strain and has “hobbled” Luck but has not been serious enough to keep him from working out or practicing with the team during camp.
Until this past week the apparent non-serious calf strain has transformed and shifted down his leg to the “ankle area” which is an awkward statement that was made by the Colts, not completely specifying the location or what the injury is.
My guess (knowledgeable analysis) is that this new ankle injury has ultimately sprouted by Luck practicing on his sore calf which aggravated the areas surrounding because of the added compensation put on those parts of the body due to Luck nursing the sore calf.
The Indianapolis Colts organization is not sure when they are projecting Luck to be back in action, and have honestly been putting out mixed information (just like in 2017). However this is my take and I stand by it. The noble and true Colts fans will not get the blue-ball treatment of the past Andrew Luck may not start week one of the season, but he will play in the 2019 NFL season and lead the Colts to another playoff berth and fingers crossed, a Super Bowl appearance.
Worse comes to worst, they are set back yet another year. Either way, whether Andrew Luck is healthy or not, the future is brighter than ever in Indianapolis and good things are coming! (Knock on wood)